Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 304
Hads: 429
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 71
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brooklyn version. This brew is the result of the long friendship of Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Schneider brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler. Garrett had always admired the delicate balance of flavors in Schneider Weisse, while Hans-Peter had long enjoyed the effusive hop character of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and BLAST! Garrett's concept for the collaboration was that each brewmaster would brew essentially the same pale, hoppy weissbock in the other's brewery, but with different hopping to reflect the local hop flavor.

Dry-hopped w/ American Amarillo and Palisade.
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Photo of philbe311
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Splitting a bottle with my lovely wife while watching the Beatles Anthology...

A - Three fingers worth of big chunky airy audibly fizzy egg shell white colored head... Impressive retention ultimately gives way to a thick fluffy creamy lacing... Medium sized carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass at varying paces... The color is that of a vibrant medium yellowish gold with a faint orange hue... A mild haze throughout... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Grains... Cereal... Sweet mashed bananas... Mild green apple... Some faint notes of bubble gum... A touch of lemon zest... Some light brown sugars... The lightest of vanilla notes... There's a lot of goodness with each whiff... Loads of complexity are abound...

T - The palette is not quite as complex as the nose, but there is still a lot going on here... The bitterness of European hops are at the forefront... Banana... Bubblegum... Cloves... Loads of bready and grainy malts... A touch of pepper... A touch of lemon zest...

M - Medium bodied... Quite sturdy... Possibly even a bit stiff... A pretty good carbonated bite on the tongue... A bit lush, a bit chalky, and a bit dry all at the same time...

D - A unique beer all the way around... Leaded with character and complexity... Well crafted in every facet... I would highly recommend and seek out again for myself... (1,396 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25.4oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, bottled on the 259th day of 2009. Thank you to drabmuh for this big want via Secret Santa 2010!

The color is a straight yellow with a bit of haze and depth. Think of all the incremental shades of banana yellow. The head is a towering affair in eggshell with good retention.

The aroma carries a lot of chalky, banana dominant Weizen yeast and light wheat bread. There's a green wood note and one can tell that this was originally highly hopped with American hops. Unfortunately they've mostly gone and only a background note of grapefruit and Meyer lemon zest. Clove goes from nothing to a lot as it warms.

Initially the beer is lightly wheaty with the expected banana esters. Things take a turn away from Weizenbock expectations when a sturdy citric bitterness hits; it's reminiscent of West Coast style. Apricot, green apple, and pear are playful fruity flavors. Once the big American hops have mostly gone, this is apparently a good, fairly standard Weizenbock.

Moderate-high creamy carb in a moderate body. It's not clean and the flavors linger on.

I'd like to try this beer fresh to really see its difference from standard Weizenbocks. As it is, hints of citrus and a moderate bitterness work passably well with a solid base beer. I like it but wish I'd opened this with my brother. (1,327 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, dirty, rusty orange, with a thick, creamy white head that remains. An abundance of curious black flecks resting at the bottom and floating about. I'm sure it's good for me.
Smell is sweet and sour malts. Subtle, tangy suggestions of mushy, overripe red fruit alongside some mild, sourdough bready notes. Peppery notes, as well as some faint lemon peel follow.
Taste is earthy, fruity notes that hit the back of the mouth up front--lemon, dusty orange, and some muddled, mushy red fruits co-mingle. Pepper notes, pineapple juice, and yeasty nuances follow. Finish has a slushy and furtive hop swell.
Mouthfeel is fairly flat and creamy, yet the back end has a slight crispness. Medium body.
Drinkability is good. A very unique and interesting beer. (754 characters)

Photo of Frosty80
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: pours clear, pale gold. sits slightly hazy, yellowish gold with a massive off-white head which leaves behind nice lacing as it recedes.

Smell: my nose was flooded with aromas while the glass was still a food away from my face. putting your nose in the glass you most certainly know its a Schneider yeast strain. great citrusy aromatics along with just a tinge of bubblegum. clean malted wheat along with slightly spicy, floral hops and cloves.

Taste: initial graininess/wheat with very light melanoidins. quickly following behind is the clove, citrus and spicy qualities of the yeast. the hops are fairly mellow with floral, spicy and citrusy character. the maltiness is prominent throughout. finish is slightly dry with a little graininess, citrus and low bitterness

Mouthfeel: full-medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: this needs to be available in 12oz bottles! this is amazing stuff, as i would imagine any collaboration with Schneider would be (968 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy medium apricot orange hue, with a multitude of thin foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some random droopy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of fruity pale malt, Belgian yeast, a bit of acrid warming alcohol, and grassy pine hops. The taste is crisp boozy sweet wheat grain, mild banana and orchard fruit esters, more restrained yeast, alcohol in equal measure, and forest essence hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-full in weight, fairly even, though just south of creamy territory. It finishes with a rising boozy, malty warmth, taking the grass and pine needles up with it.

A tough customer, this - Belgian and American both. Tasty, yes, but where the booze is of the sort where you sense it more than taste it, making it eminently more threatening. (833 characters)

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a weizen glass. Enjoyed on 12.26.10. Corked & caged. Gift from a future brother-in-law.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden orange color. A moderate pour produced a beautiful four finger soft beige head. The head dropped slowly to a thin layer and left tons of lacing. Looks well-carbonated, with a steady stream of rising bubbles. Aroma is amazing. Lots of citrus (orange, lemon), banana, wheat, clove, and fairly hoppy.

T: A generous amount of hops, along with plenty of wheat character. Lots of citrus flavor - orange, lemon, coriander. Some clove and pepper and other spice as well. A bit of banana flavor as it warms.

M: Medium body and is well-carbonated. Not too much, but enough to keep it very lively and bubbly. Fairly clean finish as well.

D: The alcohol is well hidden and it really goes down nicely. I'd keep drinking this all night if I could.

This really is an excellent take on the style. I definitely recommend this one. (978 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here seems to have a touch of fruit esters, with a healthy dose of citrus and some pepper as well.

Pours a blonde color in the glass with a certain degree of cloudiness to it. Head is fairly thick and has decent lasting power.

For style, taste is pretty interesting in that it isn't nearly as sweet as some weizenbocks are. There are fruity esters that are apparent from the start of the drink....but they are fleeting, and this leads into a good dose of lemon and a definite peppery spice taste as well (which may be the wheat character, I'm not sure). The orange peel hop bitterness is definitely there as well...and while not too strong, it's certainly enough to provide a decent zip and a good closing to the beer. Finishes rather clean with little left over after the swallow.

I do like this beer, and while it isn't nearly as overly sweet as some other weizens (and certainly lighter in texture and color), it's really refreshing. It actually seems pretty Belgian in character. For me, that's a good thing. (1,021 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Smells of grainy and piney hops, Belgian yeasts, and alcohol. Very powerful smell.

T: Taste follows the smell nicely. Citrus and spiciness hits first, followed by the Belgian taste, all leaving behind a distinct hop bitterness and warming boozy feeling. Really wonderful with each drink.

MF: Light and bubbly, a bit of a creamy taste, but not overwhelming.

D: Had been waiting for a full bottle of this for a while now, Thanksgiving Eve sounded like the perfect chance. Very drinkable. Really enjoyed this one. (603 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle (corked and caged) in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a nice fluffy head that sticks around for a few sips with small amounts of lace.

S: Sweet and grainy, tropical fruit, good amount of yeast, small amount of booze, and prevalent grassy hop.

T: Similar to the smell - sweet and grainy, good bitter hop, prevalent malt, tropical fruit (a lot of banana) and a slight sweet booziness at the end.

M: Light to medium bodied, a little sticky, well carbonated with big bubbles that roll across the palate nicely.

D: Pretty easy drinker for an 8.5 ABV. (692 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very orange, slightly hazy, honey colored brew with a huge 3finger head with lots of lacing. The retention is fantastic. This color is very light for a weizenbock and I think it's a little lighter colored than the Schneider version. There is a distinct champagne aroma of toasted bread and lemon peel. Really reminds me of a saison but i get some piney hops on the back end of the aroma. Nice smelling, not classic, but very interesting and it shows hints of a traditional weizenbock. The flavor is very Belgian, almost like a saison but fuller bodied. Not your typical weizenbock, yet it's yeasty and has a caramelized banana finish that leads me to believe this is simply the result of the yeast strain used. Fantastic on the palate with a nice lemony finish, orange peel, and banana. Great freshness to this beer, pairs well with spicy foods. Overall this is a great beer and really what i I like in terms of drinkability, but it's not tradition to most weizenbocks. Really great flavors and integration of the hops and wheat characteristics. Definitely a great idea to pick a few of these up. (1,170 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat dark yellow with a nice white head. A bit hazy. Nose brings a good amount of bubblegum, banana, and clove. Also a nice citrus hop presence. The taste really elevates the hops quite a bit. I'm not expert, but I'd venture at least a bit of Amarillo. Good German weizen yeast characteristics as well. Good, light feel with nice carbonation. Drinks really, really well. I'm a big fan of this. (427 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle, served in a Stone Levitation flute-type glass

A - big, big mound (almost 2") of insanely puffy, pillowy, and sudsy bright white foam. the beer is very clear, bright gold in color with lots of active bubbling. leaves behind some thick chunks of lacing around half the glass.

S - begins lightly spicy, with a big kick of active Belgian yeast, some lemon zest, grassy hops, and wheat. turns slightly fruity from ethers with a bit of banana, bubblegum. nice.

T - punchy bright wheat and grains with a pronounced yet not overdone sweetness. bananas, lemon, hint of apple provide fruity sweets being balanced by yeast and cloves. grassy hops and some alcohol finish this out.

M - light bodied with active, prickly and lively carbonation. creamy in the middle. explodes in the mouth before fizzing away, leaving some lingering grainy must, lemon, grassy bitterness.

D - well, color me impressed with the other side of this series as well. completely forgot about this until i cleaned out the cellar today, drinking perfectly right now. up there with my favorite Brooklyn beers. making me add a Weizenbock to the list of beers I want to brew. (1,162 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazed golden orange with tons of slightly off white bubbly head.

S-the nose is quite big, wheat up front with notes of banana and clove, tons of hops take over, lots of juicy citrus, plenty of fresh orange and some tangerine, a peppery spice is light in the back.

T-the wheat is again light, hints of grain, notes of banana and a touch of bubblegum blend with tons of citrus oranges and tangeries, very juicy, slighlty more peppery in the back, white pepper, with hints of spicy alcohol and a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M-medium body and a little grainy and rough on the palate with an agressive carbonation the gives it a crisp finish with just a hint of driness.

D-well balanced, huge hop presence, this is an interesting take on a weizenbock that drinks more like a hopped up imperial hefeweizen. tasty treat! (835 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: medium amber color with 2 finger thick head. Outstanding retention. Lots of bubbling carbonation

S: spicey clove, slight sweetness from the wheat

T: nice spice clove, slight crisp wheat sweatness. Nice flowery hops. Outstanding weizenbock

M&d: medium bodied, carbonation dances in the mouth.

Cheers!!! (339 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Lindemans pokal. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a three finger airy/fluffy white head that subsided to a minimal amount fairly quickly. There was no apparent lacing present throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, citrus, and hops. The flavor was of malt, citrus, hops, bread, and fruit. It was light on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. It definitely had a very interesting flavor profile to it that caught me be surprise upon first sip as it was basically a hybrid of a Hefe and IPA in my opinion. Very enjoyable and worth trying for sure if given the opportunity. (629 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dear John K. for this sample. Poured great with a big off white head and plenty of lace. Color is a typical of the style hazy/cloudy yellow. Aroma is massively lemon along with some spice, fruit, hop, and malt. Flavor's almost exactly the same. Body and carbonation are quite good. Bit too lemony for session. (319 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An explosion of flavors occur on the very first sip of this beer. Hefeweizens are complex and balanced enough- combined with the strength of stronger, bock-type wheats and IPA worthy hop additions... whew!

Expected hazy dark golden, rusty looking to the eye. A great gray-ish type head forms on the beer, retains and laces well. A fine look, but darker than expected.

Citrus aromas hit first (dry-hopping), but then the aromas morph into tropical fruits, estery fruitiness, soft spices, clove, and a bubblegummy-bananna sweetness toward the end.

Flavors follow the same outline except for the added earthy bitterness and minty cooling flavors and dryness in the end. But the initial orange zest or tangerine flavors work in the piney and banana taste just before a fleeting wheaty sweetness and ushering in the earthy/spicy hop notes along with the clove, white pepper, and mint.

Medium textured early, the carbonation is creamy and expansive and seems to emphasize the malt sweetness and bubblegum and banana esters. The beer holds onto the creamy textures well into the later seconds as the hop dryness and alcohol evaporation begin to come into play. Finishing decidedly bitter and earthy/piney, this beer fades into a long finish.

A very nice Wheat Beer that uses aggressive hops from both German Noble and American varieties. I'd like to see a more simplified Hefeweizen base and strict use of American hops at 70 IBU's. Could make the beer cleaner and less muddled. (1,476 characters)

Photo of TerryW
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sounded interesting to me right off the bat simply because there's two very good breweries involved in the product. And I'm delighted to find that they pulled off a very interesting, high quality beer.

Very ordinary looking for the most part. No head, no lace, but still looking like a rough tasty cider. A tasty-looking hazy apricot orange.

Smell is recognizably that of a weiss, but with the addition of of fruity hops. Noticeably sweet. Very pronounced aroma and quite appetizing.

A similarly interesting marriage of the taste of a weiss and a well-hopped brew. The weiss forms up the backbone and the hops offer up a strong finish that is initially fruity and sweet, but finished deliciously bitter. Offers up a little sparkle and spiciness. Lightly heavy, syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall a very enjoyable brew. (818 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first bottled Brooklyn Brewery product and maybe the beer I've been the most excited to try in a while. Picked it up in Vermont. I really like the bottle. One of the rare times I've read reviews before reviewing a beer myself: I love banana yeast, love Amarillo, I should love this.

A- Violent pop of the cork; pressure lifted my hand. Gold with a peach tint to it. Loose bubble foamy head. Hazy but far from opaque (until you add the yeast). All sorts of lacing: spots, long threads, some draping; hard to find a pattern. Looks right. Head stays around. Makes it easy to pour a beautiful glass of beer.

S- Wow, this smells great right from the bottle. Sweet citrus candy hops.
Poured into weizen glass, citrus turns into more of a peach and guava. Quite strong, almost like artificial peach flavoring. Hot alcohol works with the beer, but it would probably also work great without it. Smells very sweet.

T- Alcohol is quite strong, even when cold. Dried apricot is coming in clearly for me. There is some grassiness but it definitely isn't central to the taste. Wheat wrapped in a delicious citrus sweet bitterness forms the great after-taste.
Grapefruit burp. Great Amarillo flavor in here, but I'm not very familiar with Palissade so I can't speak on that.

M- Hot alcohol warms everything, palate, tongue, stomach. Medium to thin mouthfeel but really not watery. Low carbonation. Mouthfeel is this beers lowest point. Not bad at all but not on par with the smell and taste. Some crazy, foamy effervescence would of made this nuts.
Mouth numb from alcohol... or maybe hops.

D- Delicious but the alcohol really stands out (amidst all this flavour? But how?) That's not a bad thing taste-wise, but it helps you remember you're drinking an 8.5% beer and slows down the drinking. Also very sweet, which might bother some. Not even half-way through and I feel pretty dizzy. 8.5%? really?

You like fruity wheat beers? You like crazy-tropical hops? Must- try. There's a few beers I know will please or be interesting enough to take to wine bmc/drinkers' houses for supper. This is one of them and I'd buy lots if some place in Montreal carried it.

Superior beer. Did not disappoint. (2,192 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 10.071, purchased at LCBO. Poured into a beer stein, as I had nothing better at the time...

A: Poured with little head & no lacing, which is surprising. The beer itself is orange-yellow and cloudy.
S: Sweet malt. Banana dominates cloves. None of the dry hop really comes through to me.
T: A little too cloying sweet, bitterness comes through on finish. The main flavours are the same as the aromas.
M: Carbonated lower than I expected, but nice, especially as the beer seems thick.
D: ABV is not notable., but the sweetness hampers its drinkability. (565 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gigantic white head and it hangs around for awhile, hazy gold with moderate carbonation.

S - Light grain with fruity hop characteristics, that is the Amarillo coming though. Wish there was more.

T - Smooth delivery of a lot of flavors! Lots of pale malts, slight wheat flavor, and a yeasty tang. The hops come through with some nice but not too prominent flavors with a touch of bitterness. There is a little hot alcohol on the finish, but it only slightly detracts from the overall flavor.

M - Big beer with a clean feel dry feel. They got this to attenuate well and the carbonation and alcohol make it finish amazingly dry.

D - Is it possible for a beer that has an ABV of 8.5% to be refreshing? I have to say, this one pulls it off. Very drinkable for a big beer. (775 characters)

Photo of BierFan
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4 ounce corked bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Big fluffy off-white head and a hazy yellow-orange body.

Smell: pale wheat malt and citric hops are definitely playing well together. Little bit of clove and banana upon closer examination.

Taste: Fruity citric hops upfront followed by clove and a little banana. Moderate bitterness to wrap up the experience. I wish the carbonation was a little more noticeable in the mouth. (450 characters)

Photo of ausonius
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Typical huge fluffy Weisse head. Settles fairly quickly. Cloudy creamy yellow w/hint of orange.

Aroma: Big, sweet earthy, sappy, pungent hop aromas with fresh, grainy wheat & creamy yeast. Hint of citrus cream (creamsicle?) & licorice.

Palate: Big & round. Bigger than Schneider version. Powerful & elegant. Very integrated & long. Sappy, pungent & hoppy.
Earthy licorice shows in finish.

Mouthfeel: Big. Fleshy. Round. Firm. Long.

Drinkability: Very drinkable considering everything stuffed into this.

Great beer. Family resemblance, but very different from Schneider version.

95 Points


Bravo Garrett!

Cheers! (635 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy, perhaps an off amber to orange, with a nice, white head. Nose is very soft and wheaty, with some bready/yeasty elements in there as well. Hops are quite assertive on the palate, perhaps too much so - this isn't like nearly all other weizenbocks I've had in the past. (285 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 28 May 2010.

Served in a 0.4 L Paulaner wheat glass. Huge yellowish head fills most of the glass. Well carbonated. Cloudy deep golden color. Aroma is strong, cloves, spicy orange. Juicy and packed with flavor, cloves, orange, white pepper. Sweet and spicy. Lingering orange finish. Zest and peel in the aftertaste. Medium chewy body. Ethanol noticeable.

Would be great to be able to get this in 12 oz. bottles. (432 characters)

Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.